Role Of Motivation In Macbeth

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In the play Macbeth by, William Shakespeare it develops the idea that a person’s motivation and ambition will direct the course of action the take. People’s actions go alongside with their ambitions and motivation. This idea is developed by Shakespeare in many parts of the play. The idea created by Shakespeare is that by letting motivation take control of actions it can directly and indirectly harm everyone, and that another person's motivation can change someone else's motivation.

By letting one's ambition direct the course of action it can harm the people around you. Macbeth’s ambition to be king led him to “have done the deed”(ll.ii.19) and kill Duncan. Macbeth's ambition started with killing Duncan and moved on from there, and where he went was always direct by his ambitions. Macbeth wanting to be king but not being the successor made it “a step/ on which [he] must fall down,”(l.iv.55-56) to become
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Lady Macbeth was affected by Macbeth's motivation to be king and cause her to think that “these hands ne’er be clean[,] no more” (V.i.40) because of everything that had been done. Macbeth’s motivation to kill Duncan because himself harm initially when he had finished killing Duncan, because, he would “go no more:”(ll.ii.65) and was “afraid to think what [he] [had] done,”(ll.ii.66) and he couldn’t go back to face what he had done. This created a motivation to never be caught with what he had done. Macbeth harmed himself by following his motivations and harmed Lady Macbeth. Macbeth harms the people around him by spreading fear throughout everyone by killing people who know too much information about the Macbeths. Macbeth letting his ambitions control his actions makes him “in blood/ stepp’e in so far, that, [he] should wade no more,”(lll.iv.167-168) but cannot get out of what he has done, so, he keeps going forward by following his

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